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for Avid Chewers

Is your child an avid chewer?  Does he / she chew on his hands or knuckles?  Or go through several shirts a day?  If so, there are several things you can do to meet this oral sensory need.  The first step is to offer a safe alternative for chewing.  The products listed below are all medical grade oral motor chew tools that provide safe sensory input to the lips, tongue, cheeks, and especially the jaw.  Each time your child reaches for an inappropriate item to chew on, replace it with one of the following tools. Be consistent and patient.  

Once you click through to any of the products below, you'll notice that they all come in 3 color-coded toughness levels.  The XXT level (which stands for "Xtra Xtra Tough") is the toughest level.  XXT is the most rigid level, and is typically the longest lasting option for avid chewers (for individuals who can chew through things fairly easily).

Shape-wise:

  • The options with long extensions (the Grabber, Y-Chew, Guitar, Krypto-Bite, Brick Stick, and Bite Saber) allow you to reach all the way to the back molars, which is where chewing is needed the most / where chewing provides the most proprioceptive input to the jaw.  
  • The "beefier" / wider necklace options (like the Super Star, Dino-Bite, and Basketball) usually last longer than the more slim/slender/back molar options (like the Brick Stick, Krypto-Bite, and Bite Saber).
  • The handheld options usually last longer than the necklaces since they have more surface area to chew on.
  • The Y-Chew® XXT is typically the overall longest lasting chew - it has 3 different extensions to chew on, which tends to most evenly distribute the wear.

Please note that providing a safe outlet for chewing may not be the only thing your child needs.  Doing gum massage on a regular basis, for instance, can be very beneficial to provide proprioceptive input to all areas of the mouth.  Adding harder-to-chew foods to the diet may help as well.  Figuring out why they need to chew can be helpful (is something in his/her life causing extra stress/anxiety that can be decreased or managed?).  And lastly, consult with an occupational therapist (OT) to see if what's called a "sensory diet" of activities will help calm / regulate their sensory system.

 

  • ARK's Y-Chew® Oral Motor Chew

    ARK's Y-Chew® Oral Motor Chew

    $7.99
    3 extensions to chew on, each with a different texture|||ARK's Y-Chew® is an oral motor chew tool with 3 extensions to chew on.  Each "arm" of the Y shape features a different texture: one smooth, one ribbed, and one with gentle bumps for a...

    86 Reviews

  • ARK's Krypto-Bite® Chewable Gem Necklace

    ARK's Krypto-Bite® Chewable Gem Necklace

    $11.99
    A go-to-chew; Click to see all 20 colors|||Made in the USA, ARK's Krypto-Bite® Chewable Gem Necklace provides a safe, wearable, and discreet solution for kids and adults who need to chew. For boys, it's cool-factor Krypto-Bite®. For girls, it's a...

    411 Reviews

  • ARK's Brick Stick™ Chew Necklace (Textured

    ARK's Brick Stick® Chew Necklace (Textured)

    $13.99
    Big bumps on front, small on back; Click to see all 17 colors|||Made in the USA,  ARK's Brick Stick® Textured Chew Necklace provides a safe, wearable, discreet, and cool solution for those who need to chew. Use this "chewelry" as an oral fidget...

    278 Reviews

  • ARK's Bite Saber® Sensory Chewelry

    ARK's Bite Saber® Sensory Chewelry

    $14.99
    The longest pendant shape; Click to see all 19 colors|||ARK's Bite Saber® Sensory Chewelry is a safe and super cool solution for anyone who needs to chew.  At 4 inches long and just under half an inch in diameter, it’s just the right size...

    162 Reviews

  • ARK's Dino-Bite® Chewable Jewelry

    ARK's Dino-Bite® Chewable Jewelry Necklace

    $15.99
    One of the "beefiest" pendants; Click to see all 13 colors|||ARK’s Dino-Bite® Chewable Jewelry Necklace is the coolest new chewelry on the block!  This "roarsome" T-Rex design is sure to be a hit with dinosaur fans of any age...

    118 Reviews

  • ARK's Brick Bracelet

    ARK's Brick Bracelet™ Textured Chew / Fidget

    $11.99
    Easy twist-on design; Click to see all 8 colors & 2 sizes|||Made in the USA,  ARK's Brick Bracelet™ provides a safe, wearable, discreet, and cool solution for those who need to chew.  It has a unique 'twist-on' style that makes it...

    43 Reviews

  • Colorful chewelry in 3 different toughness levels

    ARK's Chewable Bangle Bracelet

    $11.99
    Easy twist-on design; Click to see all 8 colors & 2 sizes|||Made in the USA,  ARK's Chewable Bangle Bracelet provides a safe, wearable, discreet, and cool solution for those who need to chew.  It has a unique 'twist-on' style that makes it...

    20 Reviews

  • ARK's Super Star Chewable Jewelry

    ARK's Super Star Chewable Jewelry

    $12.99
    One of the "beefiest" pendants; Click to see all 18 colors|||ARK’s Super Star Chew Necklace is designed specifically for the need to chew.  Measuring in at approximately 1.1 x 2 inches and just under half an inch thick, this is one of our...

    51 Reviews

  • ARK's Baseball Bat Chew Necklace

    ARK's Baseball Bat Chew Necklace

    $13.99
    A sensory home run; Click to see all 6 colors|||ARK’s Baseball Bat Chew Necklace is a home run for sports fans!  This bat/club-shaped pendant is long, smooth, and chewable with tactile ribs around the handle.  At just under 4" in length,...

    3 Reviews

  • ARK's Basketball Chew Necklace

    ARK's Basketball Chew Necklace

    $13.99
    A sensory slam dunk; Click to see all 7 colors|||ARK’s Basketball Chew Necklace is a sensory slam dunk for sports fans!  This rounded disc pendant measures about 1.75" in diameter and half an inch at the thickest part (in the center of the...

    16 Reviews